Adventures in Yoga

What type of yoga is really ‘the best’? I’m on a mission to find out.

the everyday adventure

I’ve tried a bit of this and a bit of that, but have done the most of Ashtanga yoga.

It’s a cardio workout with lots of different poses, that you work in the same sequence every time (you can check out the Ashtanga yoga primary series here) progressing when you’re ready.

I got stuck at four moves informally called The Gatekeepers for quite some time (this one in particular). I got a bit bored of doing the same sequence every time I practiced, then I moved further away from the studio I’d been visiting, then I got pregnant and the rest is history.

But now I’ve decided to make a bit of a comeback! I’ve set myself the (very fun) challenge of trying out every type of yoga I can think of!

So far I have tried:

Hip Hop Yoga at Yoga 213 in Bondi

This class is taught by Lola Berry, of 20/20 Diet fame. She’s a free spirited hippe with be-e-utiful hair. The class is a more advanced class set to hip hop music. I love doing yoga to music, it makes me want to throw myself into the poses and helps me concentrate.

My review: I loved the music and thought the class was great, but probably not different enough to make me travel there regularly from home (I have to allow about 20 mins to get there, and at 6 in the morning it’s got to be a pretty spectacular class to get me there!)

Yin Yoga at the Living Room in Coogee

This was the loveliest thing I’ve done in a long time. In yin you breathe deeply and really relax into poses that you hold for quite a while (like, 6 minutes on each side). The first time I took a seated forward bend, I tried to keep my back straight like you do in more active forms of yoga, and thought to myself ‘how on earth is THIS going to work??’. The instructor gently let me know that in Yin you don’t need to maintain a straight spine. I folded down onto the pillow and thought aaaaahhhhhh. And stayed like that for a while.

My review: I loved it. I now want to explore some more yin classes and teachers around the place. Body Mind Life now has a combo Yin and Yoga Nidra class that I’m going to test out, as both elements are new things I’ve been trying and loving.

Hot Yoga at Body Mind Life

This is done in a hot room (like 28 degrees) and I did it on a cold, rainy morning, so it was lovely to walk into the warm room, full of candles. I love doing yoga in a full room where you get infused with the energy of everyone relaxing at once.

My review: BML has a beautiful space in Bondi, and walking into a warm room with candles everywhere on such a miserable morning made me happy. The class is pretty standard though. If you love yoga you’ll love it, but it’s another class that’s probably not different enough for me to travel to it regularly.

Power Yoga at Power Living Australia Yoga

I did an align class. An hour and a half one. I thought align classes were ‘easier’, but that is not true! I had a tough class. I got angry, I got sweaty, I came close to tears, but I stayed on the mat! The yoga mat is normally a place I relax, rest, rejuvenate, but sometimes it is a battle ground. This was one of those classes. But by the time I got to the end I was elated that I’d stayed, and I could laugh at my tantrum.

My review: This class was a challenge, and from the way I reacted, it was a challenge that I needed to face! I have a love/hate relationship with the class, but I love the room, the teacher was lovely, and I fall in love with shavasana every time.

I’ve still got at least 6 more styles to try out, so I’ll check back in soon! On the cards are anti-gravity yoga, Jivamukti, Bikram (though I may not be able to force myself into the room given how little I liked my one Bikram experience 8 years ago!).

Do you do yoga? What’s your favourite style? I’d love to hear your tips below so I can test them out!

Xx Sam

 

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2 Comments on Adventures in Yoga

  1. Tip
    December 2, 2014 at 7:51 AM (2 years ago)

    I was going to suggest yin as I just discovered it a couple of weeks ago and it’s changed something in my head. It totally makes sense for someone like me that has to “go hard or go home” usually. I also love Iyengar – taking time to get each aspect of a pose right. It’s a good change from say, ashtangar, where you don’t have a lot of time to think about every muscle and actually, I’ve found that it helps me in all the other forms. I like it to change it up a bit but the one thing that stuck from yoga teacher is “this is not about ego or what you can and can’t do. Just remember that wherever you’re at to make it beautiful”.

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    • samantha
      December 2, 2014 at 10:15 AM (2 years ago)

      ohh that’s lovely. Wherever you’re at make it beautiful.

      I’ve never tried Iyengar, it’s on my list though! And Yin is truly beautiful isn’t it. I love it so hard.
      I’m the same – go hard or go home, which means that ashtanga and other power practices aren’t always great for me. I need to remember to slooooow down, and make it about mindfulness.

      xx

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